Henry Clay: Statesman for the Union (Paperback)

Statesman for the Union

By Robert Vincent Remini

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393310887, 880pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 1993



Among the nineteenth-century Americans, few commanded the reverence and respect accorded to Henry Clay of Kentucky. As orator and as Speaker of the House for longer than any man in the century, he wielded great power, a compelling presence in Congress who helped preserve the Union in the antebellum period. Remini portrays both the statesman and the private man, a man whose family life was painfully torn and who burned with ambition for the office he could not reach, the presidency.